Our Council plays an important role in shaping the strategy of the Chartered College of Teaching and ensuring it is in a strong position for the future.

The Council is responsible for governing the Chartered College of Teaching’s activity including setting its strategy and long-term direction. The Council also supports the Executive Leadership Team. The Council comprises:

The Council Chair (elected)

Vice President (Internal) and Vice President (External)

Treasurer (elected)

Up to 18 elected and up to 5 appointed Council Members


We want Members and Fellows to be the guardians of the Chartered College of Teaching’s vision, to provide strategic direction and safeguard the reputation and values of the College. If you have the commitment, energy and enthusiasm to support us on our journey, please consider standing for election to Council.

If elected, you should advocate for the Chartered College of Teaching and its values. You should be able to contribute to the governance of the College through your expertise and knowledge.

All elected Council Members hold office for a term of three years.

All full Members and Fellows are able to stand for election (this includes members who pay the NQT subscription rate). As defined in the Chartered College of Teaching’s Bye Laws, Student Members and Affiliates (Historical, Professional and International) are not able to stand for election.




Stephen is the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and the Executive Principal of Comberton Village College. In 2009 Stephen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for services to education and the community and in 2013 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education. Stephen works in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the Eastern Region Headteachers’ Board and he is a National Leader of Education with the National College for Teaching and Learning as well as being an Associate Head with the SSAT.


Professor Samantha Twiselton, OBE is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. With experience in teacher education, curriculum development and language and literacy, Sam has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education. She was a member of the Advisory Panel for the DfE Carter Review of ITT in England, the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel chaired by Tom Bennett and the OFSTED Expert Advisory Group for the OFSTED Curriculum Research Project She currently sits on the DfE Expert Research and Recruitment Advisory Group, the DfE Specialist NPQs Advisory Group and the Harrow International Expert Advisory Group. In June 2018 she was named in the Queen's birthday honours as a recipient of an OBE for services to Higher Education.


Vivienne Porritt is a co-founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd. She is Director of Vivienne Porritt Associates, a leadership consultancy and is a former secondary headteacher and Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education.


Marcus is Principal Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer at KPMG UK. He is a dedicated financial management and commercial consultant, experienced across both the public and private sectors.



Ben has been teaching secondary maths for 13 years and is currently Assistant Vice Principal responsible for curriculum, assessment, data and timetable in the North West. He is Chair of Governors at a local primary school, where he has been a governor for six years. As well as being part of the Chartered College Council, Ben chairs the Education, Research and Journal Committee, and sits on the Assessment board for the Chartered Teacher Programme. He is an accredited coach, supporting aspiring middle and senior leaders, and after completing his MA in Education Leadership, speaks on undergraduate programmes on leadership in education.


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Paul read law at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was called to the Bar in 1992. He has been engaged with education policy and legislation at national level over the past two decades. Paul was Director of Education for the Diocese of Westminster for over 10 years and has been Director of the Catholic Education Service since 2013.


Aimée has been a teacher for over 17 years and is currently teaches in a mixed KS1 class in a small village primary school in rural Derbyshire. She is an active Specialist Leader in Education with a specialism in assessment and enjoys working with student teachers on their path to achieving qualified teacher status. Aimée has wide-ranging experience of working within all primary ages and has held leadership positions in a range of schools in both urban and rural locations. Outside of school Aimée is studying for a doctorate in education and helps to lead a project providing teacher training for untrained teachers in schools in India.


Dr Crellin has been a teacher for 23 years, and iscurrently a Headteacher of a large Primary School. Her specialism is Early Years and her PhD was on the working experiences of early years practitioners in private and not-for-profit settings.

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Rebecca is in her 6th year of teaching and is currently Head of Spanish in a large comprehensive school in Essex. She has completed a Masters in Education and was part of the Chartered Teacher pilot programme. She is now mentoring on the programme. She founded #MFLchat on Twitter which runs weekly and hosts a podcast on applying educational reading in the classroom.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Geography.She started at Gad’s as Head of Geography in 2010 where she has since undertaken a variety of roles. Stephanie took up the role of Director of Studies in January 2017. Stephanie has a Masters in Education, specialising in Leadership and Management for Learning and in 2019 graduated as a Doctor of Education at Canterbury Christchurch University after completing a part-time EdD alongside her work. Stephanie has been involved in several charities and is a trustee at Homeless Care in Maidstone.

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Penny is Executive Headteacher of The Bridge School in London and The Bridge Integrated Learning Space; a school which caters for students with autism and/or severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. She has been involved with the Department for Education’s Bureaucracy Reference Group, and is a co-founder of Special Schools’ Voice.

Sue Jackson is a serving classroom teacher with over 15 years' primary teaching experience, currently working part time in a very small rural primary school, teaching a mixed age EYFS/KS1 clas. Sue has previously taught KS2 and KS3 in a large middle school and taught in the independent sector. In July 2019, she achieved Chartered Teacher Status as part of the pilot cohort for the Chartered College.

Helen has been teaching for 15 years in various positions and is currently KS3 Coordinator and Director of Geography at a secondary school in Rainham. Her interests include teacher wellbeing, practical uses of pedagogical research and equality for women in leadership.

Farah is Research Associate at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. She co-convenes the Intercultural and Conflict-transformation Dialogue’ strand of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research group. Farah has published widely on dialogic and Islamic education She is also Director of Education and Research at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, where she has worked for seventeen years on research-driven curriculum development and teacher education for Muslim teachers.

Joan is the Headteacher of Kingsford Community School in London. She gained her BEd (Hons) whilst studying at the UCL Institute of Education and she holds an MA in Educational Studies. Joan has been a member of a number of government advisory boards including the Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers’ Standards Groups.

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He is Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Jonathan Shepherd is professor of maxillofacial surgery at Cardiff University and has been part of the Chartered College from its conception. Inspired by his own professional home, the Royal College of Surgeons, he also proposed and successfully worked to establish the College of Policing and the Probation Institute, the first professional bodies in these sectors. Jonathan is a founder council member and the first chair of its journal and research committee which oversaw the creation of the College's prize winning new journals, Impact and The Profession. He initiated the 2013 professions summit on evidence and wrote the declaration on evidence signed by 27 professional bodies in 2017.

Vicki has been a teacher since 2009 and is currently teaching English (KS3 - KS5) at a non-selective secondary school in Warwickshire. She has an MEd from The University of Birmingham and is currently studying for Chartered Teacher Status. Vicki has worked in a wide range of secondary schools, including inner-city schools in deprived areas, and holds additional qualifications in EAL, SEND, Autism and Access Arrangements Assessment.